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Thursday, March 18, 1999 Published at 22:17 GMT


Sport

See More Business wins Gold Cup

See More Business pulls away to win the Gold Cup

Outsider See More Business has won the Cheltenham Gold Cup.


BBC Radio 5 Live's Lee McKenzie reports from Cheltenham
The horse pipped 66-1 shot Go Ballistic by a length in an exciting race with 5-2 favourite Florida Pride- ridden by Richard Dunwoody- coming in third 17 lengths behind.

The victory marks a Cheltenham double triumph for trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Mick Fitzgerald, with the duo also winning Wednesday's Champion Chase on Call Equiname.

The 3.75 mile chase was led in its early stages by Double Thriller and despite all the pre-race hype, the highly rated grey, Teeton Mill, was forced to pull up before the horses had completed the first lap.

It emerged after the race that the future of Teeton Mill was in doubt because of what could be a repetitive injury.


Mick Fitzgerald: "Absolutely unbelievable" (BBC Radio 5 Live)
David Nicholson's 66-1 Go Ballistic took up the running from Nicholls' Double Thriller after the fourth last, and only the eventual winner and Florida Pearl seemed capable of preventing the outsider from capturing a glorious victory.

Richard Dunwoody found that Florida Pearl lacked the stamina to go with his guile, and so it became a battle between Ballistic and Business as the two jumped the final fence almost neck and neck.

And it was Fitzgerald who managed to draw a few more yards from his horse to take the Festival's biggest prize by a very narrow margin.

The jockey then offered his understated view of the afternoon's events.

"All I have done is the steering, really."



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